First, the actual news, from the Fulton County Republican Party:
– Amid calls for the Fulton County Department of Elections and Registration to “regroup” and the resignation of a key Fulton County Republican Party member on the Board of Elections, the Fulton County Republican Party takes steps to restore confidence and professionalism to the Board by nominating former Atlanta mayoral candidate, Mary Norwood, for immediate appointment to the Fulton County Elections Board to be ratified by the Fulton County Commission.
Well, that’s not that unusual. The Fulton Republican Party gets an appointment and they appointed Norwood. Except that Norwood came just short of being Atlanta’s mayor….because she was accused of being a Republican.
Other significance in this appointment is that it was Norwood, who after her Mayoral race attempted in 2009 to get on the ballot as an independent – discovered that there are many voters still registered and voting at addresses that are now vacant lots where housing projects used to be. After complaining repeatedly to the Secretary of State’s office, an official investigaton was opened in December 2011. The SOS office has refused comment on this investigation at least 4 times to me, as recently as last summer’s primary runoffs, citing “ongoing investigation”. They will not say if voters voted from addresses that don’t exist, or if there has been attempts to remove voters who don’t appear to exist themsevels.
The SOS has been really good at assembling press outside his office so he can be shown wringing his hands after on each election night and pointing fingers at the Fulton Elections Board, as if he as the statewide constitutional officer in charge of operating safe and secure elections hasn’t known this has been a problem for years and that the problems continue, at each election, as if they are a surprise.
Now, with Norwood about to be on the Fulton County Board, there is someone who also understands that these problems are deep and ongoing….and that the SOS’s office has been aware of them for a long, long time.